Postcard from Rio: Having a cold one — after work

John Niyo
The Detroit News

I’ve learned to trust my old neighbor Dan Wetzel’s judgment over the years, on subjects ranging from our kids’ youth soccer teams to the evils of the Bowl Championship Series.

Nothing gets better than having a cold cerveja after a long day at the Rio Games.

But the Yahoo Sports columnist never has been more right about anything than the beer in Rio. It’s something he’d investigated thoroughly a couple of years ago during the World Cup, and it just might be the coolest thing in Brazil.

And by cool, I mean literally ice cold because the Brazilians insist on keeping their beer in subfreezing temperatures at all times, whether it’s the ice bucket of beer they bring to your table at a restaurant or the refrigerators you’ll find at stores and lunch stands.

Even here in the Main Press Center in Rio, where a lot of things aren’t the way they’re supposed to be, there is a snack bar that serves beer. (For after we’re done working, of course.)

And as you can see, the fridge — like most of them here — comes with its own digital thermometer on the front. Yesterday, it was chilling those beers at minus-2.6 Celsius, or about 27 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pretty cool, no?